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Research visit

As part of the certificate program, PhD students spend 2-3 months as a visiting scholar at one of the partner institutions in the program. During their visit, they will be supervised by a faculty member of the host institution. Since all the courses in the program are taught online, the research visit can be made in the same year, or the year after.

Set-up of the research visit
  • The PhD student will spend 2-3 months at one of the partner institutes, during which (s)he will be supervised by a researcher from that partner institute (the host).
    • In individual cases, with good reasons and mutual agreement between the partner institutes in question, this could be a bit shorter or longer – but no shorter than 1 month.
    • With mutual agreement between the partner institutes, this period could also be split into two different visits – as long as one of the two visits is at least 1 month.
  • During this research visit, a PhD student may opt to spend 1-2 weeks at another partner institute on the same continent.
  • A plan will be created in advance that the PhD student will work on during the research visit. This could e.g. be fieldwork or writing a research paper. The supervisor(s) fro­­m both the home and the host institute all must agree in advance on this plan.
  • Supervision entails at least a 1-hour meeting every two weeks between the host supervisor and the visiting PhD student. More intensive collaboration, e.g. in the form of writing a joint paper, is a possibility but not required.
  • The visiting PhD student will benefit from the same facilities (such as library access) as regular PhD students from the host institute. This includes the provision of a workspace (be it a permanent desk or access to a flex office).
  • The visiting PhD student is allowed to participate in the same meetings as regular PhD students (like research seminars). Courses with credits are an exception to the latter; Visiting PhD students have no right to take these at the host institute, although they may audit a course with the instructor’s permission.
  • Any tuition / supervision / bench fees that may normally apply to PhD students visiting the host will not apply to participants in this program.
  • Other costs made by the PhD student, such as for accommodation, will be covered by the PhD student and/or the home institute.
  • PhD students are responsible themselves for arranging travel, accommodation, and other practicalities, although any support that the host institute may be able to offer is much appreciated.
  • Each partner institute appoints a contact person to (1) answer practical questions that visiting PhD students may have and (2) take care of any administration that must be dealt with at the host institute. This may e.g. be a secretary, department manager or graduate school coordinator.
  • Outputs resulting from the research visit will acknowledge the contribution made by the host institute where appropriate, as well as the contribution made by the certificate program.
  • The research visit should be completed (a) before the PhD student acquires her/his doctoral degree and (b) within 3 years after starting the course program. In individual cases, with good reasons and mutual agreement between the partner institutes in question, the latter time frame could be a bit longer.
Steps to plan your research visit

We recommend PhD students to start planning their visit a year in advance. Steps to take:

  1. Check the list of potential supervisors below to identify researchers at the intended host institute who are a good match with your PhD project.
  2. Discusses ideas for the research visit and suitable supervisors with your supervisors at the home institute.
  3. Contact the intended supervisor at the host institute to explore her/his interests in supervising your proposed visit.
  4. Once relevant ideas and details have been discussed and mutual interest has been established, proceed by writing a short plan for the visit (use this template).
  5. Once supervisors at both the home and the host institute agree on the plan, email the plan to the certificate program coordinator, with both the host and home supervisors in the CC. The certificate program coordinator informs the administrative contact person of the host institute.
  6. Proceed to plan and prepare the visit (e.g. finding accommodation), in collaboration with the administrative contact person of the host institute.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Do you have funding available for my research visit?

As a participant in this program, you do not have to pay anything to the host university (tuition or a bench fee that may normally apply will be waived), but you will still have to pay for travel, local accommodation and other costs of living. At the moment, this program unfortunately cannot make a financial contribution to your research visits. Participants should discuss with their supervisor(s) at their home university how the visit could be funded. Possibly this could require finding external funding. A useful source of information may be the KIT webpage on visiting researcher scholarships for doctoral researchers.

How long in advance would I need to start planning/organizing my research visit?

At the moment, we can unfortunately not give you evidence-based advice on that, other than that it is always good to start as early as possible. Starting preparations early is amongst others important because finding accommodation locally can be difficult. It may therefore not be a bad idea to start preparing a year in advance.

If somebody at the partner institute who is not listed on this page seems like an interesting supervisor, is it still possible to approach that person?

The program is not a collaboration between universities, but between schools/departments within those universities (see the list of partners). As long as the researcher in question is employed at one of those schools / departments, there is a good chance that we may be able to get that person involved as your supervisor during the research visit. Please contact the program coordinator, who will make inquiries on your behalf.

How long do I have to complete the research visit?

You will need to complete the research visit (a) within 3 years of starting the course program and (b) before getting your doctoral degree. Please contact the program coordinator if you foresee any problems with meeting this requirement.

Can I split the research visit in two shorter visits instead of one long visit?

As long as both partner institutes agree, this is possible. The only condition is that at least one of the two visits is at least 1 month long.

Info / tips per university

Info on / tips for visiting ASU
  • International Students and Scholars Center at ASU, Tempe, Arizona
  • If your stay in the US is shorter than 3 months and you are a citizen or national of one of the Visa Waiver Program Countries, there should generally not be a lot of time or money involved in getting access to the US for the duration of your visit. However, if your stay in the US is longer than 3 months or you have a different nationality/citizenship, you should count on a visa process that takes at least 3 months and costs at least $400. Fortunately though, you don’t have to do that all by yourself. If this applies to you and once you have been accepted as a visiting scholar at ASU through our program, you will be assigned an ASU immigration & visa specialist, who will help you with that process.
  • Finding accommodation is your own responsibility. Most visiting scholars to ASU use AirBnB to find accommodation. Prices are high in the area, so take that into account when making a budget for your trip.
  • There is a free shuttle bus network in Tempe that also regularly stops at the ASU campus.
Info on / tips for visiting TUD
  • TU Delft Housing Services for international guests. Please note: a reservation for accommodation can be made no earlier than 7 weeks prior to starting date of the rental period. There is no guarantee that TU Delft Housing Services can provide you with suitable accommodation for your intended period of visit. It can help to be flexible with the start date of your visit to TU Delft. But we recommend to also look for housing on your own. Please start well in advance of your visit with the process of finding accommodation, as housing is scarce in the Netherlands.
  • Information page for new international TUD employees (please note: as you will not be a TUD employee, not everything on this page will apply to you)
  • Information page for international students at the TPM Faculty (please note: as visiting PhD candidate, you will not be considered a TPM student, so not everything on this page will apply to you)
Info on / tips for visiting KIT

Local coordinators

Arizona State University

Delft University of Technology

Dr. ir. Ilse Oosterlaken

Dr. ir. Ilse Oosterlaken

All-rounder at the Department of Values, Technology & Innovtion
Delft University of Technology

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Dr. Bettina-Johanna Krings

Dr. Bettina-Johanna Krings

Coordinator for teaching Technology Assessment at KIT
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Available supervisors

The researchers below are available to supervise participants in the program during their research visits, provided that there is a sufficient match between the project of the PhD student and the interest of the researcher.

Please check the ‘steps to plan your research visit’ before contacting any of these researchers!

Dr. Lotte Asveld

Dr. Lotte Asveld

Associate professor of the societal aspects of biotechnology
Delft University of Technology
Keyword(s): bioeconomybiofuelsbiotechnologymoral responsibilitysafety by designstakeholder involvementsustainability
Dr. Samantha Copeland

Dr. Samantha Copeland

Assistant professor
Delft University of Technology
Keyword(s): epistemic justiceepistemology of knowledge productionethics of health care technologyethics of resiliencepsychopharmacologyresearch ethicsserendipity
Dr. Juan Durán

Dr. Juan Durán

Assistant professor
Delft University of Technology
Keyword(s): AI in medicine and healthcarebig datacomputer simulationsdata-intensive researchethics of technologyphilosophy of computer sciencephilosophy of science and technologyscientific models
Prof. dr. Armin Grunwald

Prof. dr. Armin Grunwald

Professor of Philosophy of Technology
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Keyword(s): concepts of sustainabilitydigital transformationethics of technologytheory of technology assessment
Prof. dr. David Guston

Prof. dr. David Guston

Full professor
Arizona State University
Keyword(s): boundary spanning organizationsemerging technologiesindustry & innovation & infrastructurenanotechnologypolicy analysispolicy and governancereduced inequalities
Prof. Dr. Rafaela Hillerbrand

Prof. Dr. Rafaela Hillerbrand

Professor for Ethics of Technology and Philosophy of Science
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Keyword(s): AIcomputer simulationsenergy ethicsepistemics of risks & uncertaintiesethics of risks & uncertaintiesethics of technologyethics of the environmentphilosophy of engineering sciencesphilosophy of technology
Dr. Geerten van der Kaa

Dr. Geerten van der Kaa

Associate Professor of Standardization and Business Strategy
Delft University of Technology
Keyword(s): business strategydesign for valuesstandardization processesstandards battles
Dr. Bettina-Johanna Krings

Dr. Bettina-Johanna Krings

Coordinator for teaching Technology Assessment at KIT
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Keyword(s): concepts of the man-machine relationimpacts of innovation on working structuresmethods of technology assessmentsociological theories of modernitytheory of technology assessment
Dr. Sophie Kuppler

Dr. Sophie Kuppler

Head of research group “Radioactive Waste Management as a Socio-Technical Project”
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Keyword(s): geothermal energylong-term governancenuclear waste management
Dr. Andreas Lösch

Dr. Andreas Lösch

Head of research group “Socio-Technical Futures and Policies”
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Keyword(s): concepts & methods of vision assessmentgovernance of socio-technical systemsqualitative research methodsscience & technology studies (STS)sociology of knowledgesociology of sciencesociology of technologytransformation of socio-technical systems
Dr.ir. Lavinia Marin

Dr.ir. Lavinia Marin

Assistant Professor of Philosophy & Ethics of Technology
Delft University of Technology
Keyword(s): 4E cognitioncritical thinkingdark design patternsdesign for valuesemotions onlineethics education for engineeringhuman computer interactionintellectual virtuesinternet ethicsmoral skillsonline disinformationsocial epistemologysocial media platforms
Prof. dr. Andrew Maynard

Prof. dr. Andrew Maynard

Full professor
Arizona State University
Keyword(s): emerging technologieshealth policynanotechnologypublic healthrisk assessmentrisk innovationscience communicationsocial innovationsocial responsivenesssynthetic biology
Prof. dr. Clark Miller

Prof. dr. Clark Miller

Full professor
Arizona State University
Keyword(s): Affordable and Clean Energydecision makingenergy policyengineering ethicsenvironmental policyglobal changeinternational relationspolicy and governancerenewable energyscience policysolar energy systemstechnology policy
Dr. Udo Pesch

Dr. Udo Pesch

Associate Professor in Ethics of Technology
Delft University of Technology
Keyword(s): democratization of infrastructuresenergy justiceenergy transitionenvironmental politicsethicsparticipatory decision-makingpublic policysustainable innovation
Dr. Stephen Rainey

Dr. Stephen Rainey

Lecturer in the Philosophy and Ethics of Technology
Delft University of Technology
Keyword(s): brain machine interfacesemerging technologiesmindneuroscienceneurotechnologyphilosophy of languagepolitical dimensions of innovationrationalitytheories of governance
Dr. Sander Renes

Dr. Sander Renes

Assistant Professor in Economics of Technology and Innovation
Delft University of Technology
Keyword(s): design of economic institutionseconomics of infrastructuresexperimental economicsincentives in economic settingspolitical economy of reformspublic economics
Prof. dr. Sabine Roeser

Prof. dr. Sabine Roeser

Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Professor of Ethics
Delft University of Technology
Keyword(s): artethics of risksintuitionsmoral emotionsnature of moral knowledge
Dr. Zenlin Roosenboom-Kwee

Dr. Zenlin Roosenboom-Kwee

Associate Professor of Strategy and Innovation
Delft University of Technology
Keyword(s): blockchaincorporate governancedecentralized autonomous organizationsinnovation and entrepreneurshiporganizational longelivitystrategic renewalupper echelons theory (top management teams)
Dr. Sander Smit

Dr. Sander Smit

Assistant Professor in Data Analytics, Innovation and Organization
Delft University of Technology
Keyword(s): data analyticsdigital innovationmanagement of interorganizational networks
Dr. Christy Spackman

Dr. Christy Spackman

Assistant Professor
Arizona State University
Keyword(s): agri-food systemsagricultural policybiology and societybiopoliticsconsumer behaviourdesign thinkingfood policyfood safety and responsefood-water-energy nexushistory of sciencescience and society
Dr. Steffen Steinert

Dr. Steffen Steinert

Associate professor
Delft University of Technology
Keyword(s): design for valuesemotionsocial mediavaluevalue changevalues and technology
Prof. dr. Ibo van de Poel

Prof. dr. Ibo van de Poel

Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Professor in Ethics and Technology
Delft University of Technology
Keyword(s): design for valuesengineering ethicsmoral responsibilityresponsible innovation in industrysocial experimentsvalue change
Prof. dr. Marc de Vries

Prof. dr. Marc de Vries

Professor of science education & affiliate professor in Christian philosophy
Delft University of Technology
Keyword(s): Christian philosophyepistemology of technologyethics of nanotechnologyphilosophy and pedagogy of technology and engineering educationutopian thinking in technology
Dr. Jameson Wetmore

Dr. Jameson Wetmore

Associate professor
Arizona State University
Keyword(s): citizen actionsdecision makingemerging technologiesenvironmental humanitieshumanismindustry & innovation & infrastructurePartnerships for the Goalsreduced inequalitiestransportation
Dr. Emad Yaghmaei

Dr. Emad Yaghmaei

Senior Researcher in Responsible Innovation
Delft University of Technology
Keyword(s): governance of AIgovernance of organizationsinnovation ecosystemsinstitutionalisation of RIkey performance indicatorsmonitoring RI outcomesRI in industrial contexts
Dr. Ming Yang

Dr. Ming Yang

Assistant Professor of Safety and Security Science
Delft University of Technology
Keyword(s): environmental managementmarine transportation safetyprocess safetyquantitative resilience modellingquantitative risk modelling
Dr. Sjoerd Zwart

Dr. Sjoerd Zwart

Assistant professor of philosophy & ethics of technology
Delft University of Technology
Keyword(s): conceptualizationcritical thinkingdesignengineering descriptive knowledgeengineering epistemologymeans-end knowledgemodellingnormativity of all sortsoptimization